The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — which was responsible for two out of every three film tickets sold over the weekend — grossed a whopping $475 million at the box office worldwide. Meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh did not fare so well. [via Vulture]

2. Thanks to a violent thunderstorm, several people were injured when the main stage collapsed during Cheap Trick’s performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest last night. No one in the band was hurt, which is pretty surprising when you watch this video of the accident. [via ArtsBeat]

3. Ralph Fiennes — who is currently busy playing Magwich in a new film version of Great Expectations — has signed on to direct The Invisible Woman, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s non-fiction work about Charles Dickens’ love affair with actress Ellen Ternan. [via The Playlist]

4. “Kate and Wills, what a couple. They need to make some babies soon to give the Queen some great grandkids. They’re going to be beautiful babies. Perhaps I’ll record them their own baby-making music.” – Snoop Dogg in an interview with The Sun

5. In case you’re curious what Patti Smith considers the “song of the summer,” it’s Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Listen to her covering it at a River to River Festival performance last Thursday night here.

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